OROVILLE, Calif. – The Oroville City Council voted Wednesday morning to declare a local emergency, due to impacts from the Bear Fire. By deeming this as an emergency it makes the city eligible for more aid.
Mayor Chuck Reynolds, says the next steps will be focused on cleaning up the city, working to get toxic ash removed from the streets, sidewalks, and rooftops.
As of Wednesday morning, the Bear Fire is 30% contained and 77,479 acres. Thousands of firefighters continue to work to strengthen existing containment lines, while building new ones as hot spots continue to flare up.
The newest count shows 489 homes have been destroyed and 29 have been damaged. A total of 15 people have lost their lives to the Bear Fire. Sheriff Kory Honea says two people remain missing. Click here for the latest Bear Fire updates.
This is a breaking news update.